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Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry 
53rd Edition
Media Experts

Prof. P. David Marshall
Dr Anita Krajnc
Dr Louis Massey 
Dr Samita Nandy
Dr Jackie Raphael 
Dr Celia Lam

Dr. Basuli Deb
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Mira Moshe
Dr Nandana Bose
Dr Will Visconti
Josh Nathan
Shannon Skinner 

Advisory Board

Dr Anita Krajnc
Dr Samita Nandy
Dr Jackie Raphael 
Dr Celia Lam
Dr William Huddy
Dr Frank Wilson
Dr Nicole Bojko
Dr Basuli Deb
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Mira Moshe
Dr Yaya Mori
Josh Nathan

Editorial Board

Dr Robert Caine
Dr Hilary Wheaton
Dr Jarret Ruminski
Dr Nalini Mohabir
Dr Will Visconti 
Josh Nathan
Nidhi Shrivastava
Kiera Obbard
Georgia Hertz
Christine Bode

Founder & Director

Dr Samita Nandy

Featured Publications

Celebrity Studies

Becoming Brands: Celebrity, Activism and Politics

Building Bridges in Celebrity Studies

Celebrity & The Media

A Companion to Celebrity

Fame in Hollywood North


Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society




Hope September went well!

We ended the CMCS 2017 NYC conference with our op-ed writing webinar last weekend. Special thanks to CMCS board member Josh Nathan from University of Colorado Denver & Jennifer Polk from
Beyond the Professoriate for this outstanding webinar. If you missed the webinar, access our recorded video, PowerPoint presentation, writing tips, articles, and sample op-ed pitch letter below ‘Register Now’ on this page:

Earlier this month, CMCS keynote speaker David P. Marshall offered a special talk on “Fame Histories” at McGill University in Montreal. Here is the Prezi link to his talk: Professor Marshall was also invited as a speaker at Ryerson University in Toronto, where he shed light on gestural communication and emojis in personal expressions of public self. More in his Prezi here.

In other news, CMCS member and Ashton University Ellis Cashmore published “Why We Don’t Understand Radicalization” in Fair Observer:  - read and share.

Also, CMCS invited speaker and TV host Nafsika Antypas shared my views on sexism and speciesism in Hollywood film industry:

Nafsika presented her talk and addressed questions at our CUNY conference in New York City. She is a great example of a journalist and media critic using research to address human, animal, and environmental ethics. Nafsika launched the world’s most eco-friendly lifestyle television show Plant-Based Nafsika on FYI channel, A & E Television Networks. Archived episodes can be accessed here:

We are looking forward to CMCS media panelist Kevin Del Principe’s film Fashion of the Wolf that will premiere at Other Venice Film Festival on October 7. Also, CMCS best paper award winner Ian Dixon’s film Interface has been selected for screening at Awareness Film Festival on October 8.
Meanwhile CMCS board member William Huddy is putting together an edited collection based on selected papers from our conferences in LA and NYC this year. We are looking forward to featuring the authors in the book.
Have a great weekend and stay tuned for more updates in the media & celebrity studies research community. If you would like to join and share updates with our members, contact  Latest Call for Papers is below.
Samita Nandy
CMCS Founder & Director


From Martin Shingler

CFP Where is the Star?: Special Issue of Celebrity Studies Journal (eds. Martin Shingler and Lindsay Sternberg)

The Celebrity Studies Journal is planning a special issue on film stars and stardom, co-edited by Martin Shingler and Lindsay Steenberg. This will explore the current state of celebrity studies and celebrity media culture by focussing specifically on the work of film stars within this arena. 
Given accessible platforms such as Instagram and Twitter permitting new forms of celebrity and notoriety, to what extent do film stars remain integral to public perceptions of fame across the globe? 

With contemporary transnational media culture in mind, this special issue aims to take stock of the concept of film stardom in relation to celebrity by asking the basic question, ‘where is the star?’

Essays of either 3500-4000 or 7000-8000 are sought that examine how film stars function as celebrities in various parts of the world and transnationally. This includes some studies of individual stars. Other essays might usefully consider theoretical and methodological approaches to film stardom for understanding and investigating how film stars operate within the wider arena of contemporary global celebrity.

If this is of interest to you, please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief biographic statement to by November 3rd 2017.  

We will be in contact with prospective contributors in early December 2017.

Dr Martin Shingler
Senior Lecturer in Film & Radio, University of Sunderland
Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Film & Media
Author of Star Studies: A Critical Guide (2012)
Co-editor of the BFI Film Stars series (see



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